Agenda item added to June 12 Parks and Outdoor Recreation Board meeting
By angelamontana

Posted: June 6, 2023

HELENA – During its virtual meeting on June 12, the Montana State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Board will discuss administrative rulemaking for the Smith River bonus point system. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing rules to establish a Smith River bonus point system in the Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) pursuant to House Bill No. 846 enacted by the 2023 Legislature. The bill requires the rules to be adopted for residents and nonresidents. The bill also limits the number of Smith River permits that nonresidents may buy to not more than 10 percent of available permits.

Public comment was taken during the consideration of HB 846 in the 2023 Legislature. If the State Parks and Recreation Board approves the department’s proposal to initiate rulemaking, the next step would be for the board to consider proposed language from the department. This step would occur at the August 2023 board meeting and include opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed language to the board.

Other agenda items are:

  • Introduction of board members (John Marancik)
  • Approval of Dec. 20, 2022, meeting minutes
  • Board member reports
  • Director’s report (Dustin Temple)
  • Action items
    • Approve the remainder of the $2 million available for capital development at Somers Beach State Park.
    • Approve initiation of rulemaking on a consolidated set of administrative public use rules for all department lands administered by FWP.
  • Public comment for items not on agenda

For more information, go to the State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Board webpage.


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